Assistant Professor

PhD Experimental Psychology (McMaster University, Canada)
MA Experimental Psychology (University of Toronto, Canada)



2012-2019. Research Associate, Center for Cognition and Brain Disorders, Hanzhou China.

2008. Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellow, Cognition and Action Research Group, AIST Tsukuba Japan.

2007-2012. Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Glasgow UK.

2006-2007. Postdoctoral Fellow & Sessional Lecturer, McMaster University Canada.


Abu Dhabi - Khalifa City


+971 2 599 3497

Teaching Areas

The visual perception of objects, natural scenes, and words. The acquisition and identification of perceptual expertise. Visual psychophysics and electroencephalographic methods, and approaches for combining the two methods to map out the time-course of information processing in the human brain.

Research and Professional Activities


  • Luo, C., Chen, W., VanRullen, R., Zhang, Y., & Gaspar, C. M. (2022). Nudging the N170 forward with prior stimulation—Bridging the gap between N170 and recognition potential. Human brain mapping, 43(4), 1214-1230.
  • Thomas, J., Barbato, M., Verlinden, M., Gaspar, C., Moussa, M., Ghorayeb, J., ... & Bentall, R. P. (2020). Psychosocial correlates of depression and anxiety in the United Arab Emirates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 1248.
  • Luo, C., Chen, W., Zhang, Y., & Gaspar, C. M. (2019). Rapid stream stimulation can enhance the stimulus selectivity of early evoked responses to written characters but not faces. PLoS ONE 14(3): e0213637. pone.0213637

  • Yang, H., Zhao, J., Gaspar, C. M., Chen, W., Tan, Y., & Weng, X. (2017). Selectivity of N170 for visual words in the right hemisphere: Evidence from single-trial analysis. Psychophysiology, 54 (8): 1128-1137.

  • Zhao, J., Kipp, K., Gaspar, C. M., Maurer, U., Weng, X., Mecklinger, A., & Li, S. (2014). Fine neural tuning for orthographic properties of words emerges early in children reading alphabetic script. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience: 1530, 8898.

  • Gaspar, C. M., Rousselet, G. A., & Pernet, C. R. (2011). Reliability of ERP and single-trial analyses. Neuroimage 58(2): 620-629.

  • Rousselet G. A., Gaspar C. M., Wieczorek, K. P., & Pernet C. R. (2011). Modeling single-trial ERP reveals modulation of bottom-up face visual processing by top-down task constraints (in some subjects). Frontiers in Psychology 2:137.

  • Rousselet, G. A., Gaspar, C. M., Pernet, C. R., Husk, J. S., Bennett, P. J., & Sekuler, A. B. (2010). Healthy aging delays scalp EEG sensitivity to noise in a face discrimination task. Frontiers in Psychology. 1: 19. Cited by 46.

  • Gaspar, C. M., & Rousselet, G. A. (2009). How do amplitude spectra influence rapid animal detection? Vision research 49(24): 3001–12.

  • Gaspar, C. M., Sekuler, A. B., & Bennett, P. J. (2008). Spatial frequency tuning of upright and inverted face identification. Vision Research, 48(28): 2817-2826.

  • Gaspar, C. M., Bennett, P. J., & Sekuler, A. B. (2008). The effects of face inversion and contrast-reversal on efficiency and internal noise. Vision Research, 48(8): 1084-1095.

  • Sekuler, A. B., Gaspar, C. M., Gold, J. M., & Bennett, P. J. (2004). Inversion leads to quantitative, not qualitative, changes in face processing. Current Biology, 14(5): 391-396.